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Alright last year I set up webcam of my display on www.christmasdisplays.net however it was not very reliable. I had to shoot it from through my window, and I had it hung from my window seal with some nylon thread. It worked but not well.

For this year I would like to have a streaming video camera, or a wireless camera that is reliable. I would like to be able to have a wireless cam so that I can place it in a tree out close to the road.

If I could find a streaming video wireless cam that would be perfect, other wise I am ok with running a cable for the streaming cam, or just having a wireless regular cam that is reliable.

This cam serves 3 purposes for me

1. Allows all of you to see my display live

2. Helps with security can have people from all around watching over your stuff

3. ** The biggie, I work at a public library and my main job is to help people with computers and make sure they dont look at anything inappropriate. Well I dont normally get home until after my display has been on for 3 hours, so this allows me to enjoy the visitors watching the display from wherever I am.

So my question is after all that rambling, What do all of you use, and does any one have any suggestions?

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I recently saw a few choices of wireless cameras at Walmart under $100. I don't know the details but it's for connecting right to a WiFi network... I would THINK this should be easy to set up for a web broadcast.

If the range isn't good enough for you I have a really easy trick that works extremely well for extending the range.

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I'll brush over the details, if anyone wants more info just ask.

You cut the top and bottom off a soda can or find another source for a small bendable metal sheet. Cut out a few parobolic curves in cardboard(i found a GIF picture that you can re-size and cut out the shape in any size you can fit on printer paper) You can stack the cardboard shapes to make a 1/2 to 1 inch think or use a filler between two sheets like styrofoam. Tape the sheet of metal on the curve and cut a hole in the right location (also on thatGIF image) Popyour new parabolic reflector on the antenna on your WiFi product and point it toward your WiFi router.

I have used this to improve signal strength from1 to 25, and 35 to 100

I found the web site http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template/

FYI, if you have a router with two antennas one is for send and the other receive so you would need to can-tennas on the router... or just one on the other device and forget about the router

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Does anyone know about a good night time camera that you can see a ways in the dark? So I can put the camera outside and see across the yard just like it was daylight. I don't want to spend a fortune. I have a camera now that sees great during the day but it's IR capability only works about 4 to 6 feet. Any help would be appreciated.

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I can't get much range out of X-10's. Not sure what the deal is but even in the house, they only work about 20 feet from the receiver. :(

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Sorry to drag this back up, such an old thread, but, You can buy IR beamers which are just flood lights that give out a lot of IR light, this would be better for you as you woulnt need to get a new cam!

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I have the X10 one and the wireless as well. The X10 CCD quality is very poor. It produce very low resolution image. The wireless one has a lot of noise. You can kind of figure out if there are someone walking by or not, but don't expect to reconize who is in view. :)

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